Have you ever tried to grow a plant? If you wanted it to live, you had to put it in a sunny spot, give it good dirt, water it, and take care of it. Today’s Gospel reading tells us about how a farmer tried to grow his plants too. It tells about how some
seeds grew up to be strong plants. Other ones started out ok, but died out after a while. Other ones didn’t grow at all because those seeds were planted in the
Jesus tells us this story because He wants us to get our faith to grow! Just like a little seed, our faith and our love for God can start off small, but then it can grow bigger and better every day. When you get baptized, that’s like a little seed just starting off. But you grow up, and you have to take care of that seed. You have to take care of your faith!
You can go to church with your family. You can read stories from the Bible, and also stories about saints of our Church. You can think about other people and help them. You can go to Sunday School and learn with your friends. You can receive the special sacraments, like Holy Communion and Holy Confession.
Sometimes people think all you need is a little seed. They think all you need is to be baptized. But you have to take care of that seed, and help it grow bigger and stronger. What can you do to help grow your faith and love for God?
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SAINT JOHN OF KRONSTADT: A FAMOUS SAINT
Have you ever seen somebody famous? Really famous? Today is the feastday of a saint who was really, really famous when he was alive. Thousands of people would visit him each day. When he travelled around, huge crowds of people would gather around his horse carriage! But why? Did he have a huge mansion? Was he good at basketball? Did he star in all the popular movies? No! The people loved Saint John because he was a holy man.
Saint John gave lots of great advice, especially about how to pray. Saint John knew he had a lot of followers, but he wasn’t trying to be famous. He was just following Christ, and he was helping others follow Christ too! We celebrate St. John on Tuesday, October 19th (OC: Nov. 1st).